Plastic guide rails and oiler clips can fail leading to major engine damage
What's wrong with my Mercedes?
Don't neglect the fuel filter and fuel pump check valves
It is almost always a failed thermostat
Do it very soon unless you know it have been done within the last 50,000 miles.
Troubleshooting is required to find the real cause
A special compound should be used - especially with steel bolts in aluminum threads
Many are surprised to learn there is a filter down inside the pump
Failure of these chains can lead to catastrophic engine failure
Ball joints and pivot points should be lubricated on a 6 to 12 month basis
The best way is to use an oil extractor
Could be the starter itself, ring gear on the flywheel or a combination of both
With the right tool and a little know-how it is super easy.
Special tools are needed but you can still run into problems
If not too far gone you can fix them - and yes it is a miracle!
It could be a number of things causing the problem. Follow Kent's video series
It is best if you can see and hear it run - if not some tests are essential
If you don't fix it the problem will get worse and the coolant hose will leak
They can be a little tricky to isolate
6 part video series on reasons why you should or shouldn't
How can you do it without removing them from the engine?
Check Your Low Pressure Power Steering Pump Hose
If you use RTV you can create some real problems
You can do it with magnets!
How to determine if they need replacement
It takes work but with the right products and techniques you will be amazed
Alert! Use at your own risk
Applies to most models from 1980 to 1995
Even low mileage gas Mercedes as Kent recently discovered.
Monitor your engine temperature gauge in the morning for telltale signs.
An ounce of preventation is worth hundreds of dollars in repair
Best done from the front crankshaft bolt
You actually may not need a large tank to thoroughly clean them
Do not neglect to give it Kents 30 day exercise program
If the engine has been overheated it is almost never "just a head gasket"
4 key performance related issues to consider. Do proper troubleshooting first BEFORE buying parts
Be sure to check your radiator / expansion tank cap
Too Cold think thermostat - too Hot think a number of possible causes
How to get the frozen nuts off and the stud back in safely
With the right paint and technique YOU can do it yourself!
Avoid the pain of having to drill or cut the bolts off
An old hose can be very difficult to remove due to age and corrossion
You may have to make your own like Kent did...:-)
Now the timing marks don't line up - What do I do! - Help...
They can fall off especially if your exhaust system is sagging or not mounted properly
Are you concerned about damage to the electrical components and sensitive electronics?
Kent has been inspired to design his own series of ultimate shop lights
These can be a little tricky to get on
Here are some of Kent's favorites - most you should carry in your trunk
There is a better and cleaner way!
Sometimes fuel injector cleaner can work wonders
Your inspection should always include this
Most often this can be done without special tools using a helper and a heavy hammer
At all costs avoid rounding out the hex head of the bolt!
You neglect the maintenance here and you WILL pay the price
Sometimes having the right tool is key
This is Kent's favorite
Sometimes they are really stuck on the shaft!